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What is the oldest PC you consider still useful?

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my windows xp laptop with a intel core 2 duo and 945gm chipset(bear in mind i don't use it too much anymore). It's running windows xp so it can't run steam right out of the box(unless you install an older version and make tweaks so that it doesn't update). And it can browse the internet and create some word documents.



Probably fine if you don't care about battery life, weight, high performance tasks or hd resolution.


Honestly a laptop with arch linux and no gui, with w3m is still useful, as it can still browse the internet(albiet in a console)



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I made a thread about this a couple of weeks ago.


For basic use, anything order than a core 2 quad Q6600 combined with 8GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD is too old to be usable. The reason I specify an SSD is because they do a great job of masking the lack of performance from the core 2 quad.


Anything older than that and you are probably doing something very specific or something that's not very demanding.


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10 hours ago, Radium_Angel said:

By contrast we have core i7-6700k, 16GB DDR4 systems....



...coupled with 5400 RPM spinners.

Just shoot me

My dad begged the IT department at his work to upgrade his system to an SSD.


He didn't even know what an SSD was until I installed one on his computer at home and it felt waaayy faster to him.

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I mean... a singlecore with 1 gigs of ram can run windows 10


I'm not saying it's well usable, but it's possible

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Second PC: Cedar mill

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Laptop : Acer TravelMate 8573t

CPU: I3-2330M   GPU: Intel HD graphics   RAM: 8+2 GB 1333 mhz DDR3   MOBO: Acer   SSD: 250 gb mx500 sata   Soundcard: built in   Case: Acer TravelMate 8573t   Screen: TN 768p


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2 hours ago, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

i5 2500 is the best intel has ever made and still so relevant.

worth costing me $50 to revive the dead mobo to keep it running


I bought an old Dell with an i5 2400 and 4GB of ram for $70. Runs win7 and I added 8GB of ram and put in a 128GB SSD and a 1TB spinner drive last year. 

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16 hours ago, Radium_Angel said:

By contrast we have core i7-6700k, 16GB DDR4 systems....



...coupled with 5400 RPM spinners.

Just shoot me

Ouch.  It is something how an quality SSD can revive a platform and get a few more years out of it.

The refresh is going to be a nice boost for our system.

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My old computer at the job impressed me quite a bit.

Pentium E6700 on a G41 motherboard, 4gbs of RAM, a 320gb WD Blue hard drive and it still ran Windows 10 x64 rather well, it choked a bit with browser like Vivaldi with too many tabs but others like Firefox were totally fine with it.

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Look in My sig, that’s my current rig




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CPU: Intel Celeron N2840

RAM: (1x4) DDR3L 4gb 1600mhz

SCREEN: 15.6” 1366 x 768p

OS: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

HDD: 500gb 7200rpm



CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425

RAM: 2gb

Storage: 16gb (now 24gb)

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